I've been watching this thread from the sidelines as it develops and I think it's time for to vent off on the subject.
Let me start by saying that i've been a part of this community for the past 6 years or so. During that time, I've seen users come and go... I've read complaints, I've complained myself here and there... With that said, please everyone understand that what i'm about to say is not meant in a way to hurt anyone.
If you feel like VL is hold you back, by all means.... try others, but before you do, stop for a minute and think about what's happening here. This community is working hard to please YOU. They've built YOUR requested packages. They are tossing ideas around to try to help you... This is the 75th post to this thread.... That has to show you that they're doing what they can. And somehow, you still manage to rant about things missing and why the distro is not shaped to fit YOUR particular desires. To be honest with your, I didn't even think anyone was still using compiz. In the ubuntu world, compiz has always been there, but nobody uses the cube, they just call it "enhanced desktop effects". But seems you still want your cube.... Which is fine, we all have preferences. A lot of us here are happy with a text login, others prefer a desktop manager, window manager, etc.
You have to realize that you're asking for a lot from a community that has offered as much help as it can give you, considering everyone here including the people who build YOUR packages, the people who put the distro together, and the people who posted on your thread are all just volunteering. So keep that in mind before you post again saying that the distro should drop 75MB of software to make room for what you want. I agree with you when you say we have so many browsers, media players, etc... True... but the way I see it, there are more people who surf the web and work with media every day than there are those who use the compiz cube (no offense).
You have to understand, the distro is shaped to fit "most people's needs". You have no idea how much work goes into making the stuff work for as many people as possible, trust me on that one.
If you want hand-holding, VL or most slackware-type distros is not what you want. So, feel free to try and poke around any distro you like... That's the beauty of free and open source software. You are by no means stuck with what you've got.
If you really want something that works perfectly for you, I would suggest you build your own flavour using something like debian or arch, or even build LFS... do what you want with it.
I hope you dont take any of this the wrong way. As you have seen from this thread, this community has tried hard to help you out. If you really want the help, take the advice and quit complaining that the stuff doesn't work out of the box... With proprietary hardware and drivers, It almost never works on most distros anyway... that's just it.
@ the rest of the community
Looks like this guy has made up his mind... It's ovbious he feels the distro doesn't fit his needs anymore. I hate to see any user go, but this happens all the time in all *nix communities.